Façade Cleaning Tips

We have compiled a list of top tips for things to consider when you are having your building cleaned.  This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but is something we have developed from the experience of working with our clients and is designed to help you make considered and informed decisions about your project.

  1. What is your vision?

Is it Perception, Prevention, Preservation or all of them? Often answering this question will allow you to prioritise what elements of your building you focus on and it will help you to create the most efficient and cost effective solution.

  1. What is your environment?

The approach to cleaning a warehouse on an industrial park is very different to cleaning a residential building or a hospital.  How will the safety of building users be managed and what disruptions are there likely to be?  It is not just considerations about noise and water control that need to be factored in, but also how the privacy of occupants will be managed with operatives working close to windows.

  1. Ask for test samples

There are very few instances in life where you will purchase a product without knowing what you are going to get in return for payment.  By insisting on seeing test samples you will be able to understand what you are going to get for your investment and importantly set a benchmark for the quality of the rest of the work.

  1. All at once or phased?

On larger sites it may be sensible to clean in phases rather than the whole area. This allows you to measure and monitor the process ensuring that you are obtaining the results you require and that you are prioritising your budget in the key areas.

  1. Who will do the work?

What are the credentials of the building cleaning company, can they demonstrate a proven track record in cleaning similar buildings and how will they manage the project from a health and safety perspective?

  1. Can I engineer any value into the project?

Accessing buildings can be costly and requires specialist machinery.  When on site it is essential to make the most of this facility so it makes sense for example to get the contractor to clean any hard to reach gutters or install bird spikes to prevent fouling if required.

  1. Should this be a one off project or can I incorporate it as planned maintenance?

Some areas of the building may require cleaning on a more regular basis. It is often the case that when building cleaning is included as an annual or planned package, future cleaning can be completed at a reduced rate, thus saving money when calculated over the lifecycle of the building.

  1. What are the environmental impacts?

Both client and contractor have a responsibility to ensure that all cleaning activity meets the local council’s environmental requirements and standards.  What cleaning products will be used and how debris created from cleaning will be managed is a question that should always be asked.

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Building Transformation’s unquestionable honesty and enthusiasm for ensuring the client receives the correct whole-life solution (rather than a quick fix) resulted in us being able to ensure the building was not only returned to its former glory, but will stay that way for years to come. I would recommend them to anyone.

Kenny Gash - Carillion Amey

The work provided by Building Transformation was excellent. Their product and building exteriors knowledge is detailed, comprehensive and practically applied to the client’s needs. They offer a professional, detailed, high-quality and customer- focused service which meets the short, medium and long-term needs of the client, and provides practical, cost-realistic advice.

Kerry Quinn - Echo Arena

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Marc Blow MCIOB MBIFM - Carillion Amey

The approach and advice on setting up the works at the Wolverhampton Civic Centre were first-class. Building Transformation’s attention to detail was excellent and the RAMS were followed meticulously to every detail. We were delighted with the works and service, and would not hesitate to use them again, nor hesitate to recommend them to any organisation.

Kevin Egginton - Wolverhampton Council

A 200,000 sq. ft., four-storey leisure venue in the heart of Nottingham city centre surrounded by major traffic routes needed work to be done overnight to deal with the traffic issues, while the site remained open throughout. The project took around three weeks to complete and went exceptionally well; the Building Transformation staff were flexible and able to work round dynamic operational issues. The clean was of a high standard and has made a significant different to the image of the building. A very difficult job done well.

Suzanne Green - Land Securities

May & Co have worked with Building Transformation on a number of projects which have included external building cleaning and refurbishment. They provided a great service, supported by the high level of documentation from the initial quotation to books and industry-related guidance, all relevant to our project.

Anton Theobald - May & Co

I am very satisfied in the manner the job was conducted. Also the level of cleaning provided and attention to detail is much appreciated.

Waqas Bin Tahir - Ibis Southampton

I am using Building Transformation’s work to help justify façade restoration works around our business.  They have produced excellent presentations on what can be achieved and is a brilliant piece of informed marketing that is helping slowly win people over in our business to take façade cleaning and restoration more seriously.

 Needless to say Building Transformation is a name that is now becoming known and respected.

Simon Attwood - Broadgate Estates Ltd.

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Sarah Cameron - My Hotels Group


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